Fact Sheet
Arctic Fox

Threats to Arctic Foxes

In addition to being prime targets of the fur trade, some Arctic fox populations have also fallen victim to diseases spread from domestic dogs.

Also, the Arctic fox is losing ground to the larger red fox. As their name suggests, Arctic foxes are specially adapted to thrive in the cold winters and thick snows of the far north.

Where conditions are less extreme, however, this highly specialized species is generally out-competed by its cousin, the more adaptable red fox.

As climate change takes its toll and the snow-line continues to recede further and further north, the range of the Arctic fox shrinks, too, giving way to the northward advance of the red fox.

You may also be interested in:

Polar bear, © Tom Schneider
Conservation Issue
Climate change is now one of the leading threats to wildlife. Find out what Defenders is doing to help animals around the country survive in a warming planet.
Where We Work
Alaska remains one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the country. Defenders of Wildlife is committed to keeping it that way.
In the Magazine
Living doesn’t come easy on the tundra. But this furry fox with a bushy blanket for a tail finds the frigid habitat fitting.